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#BookReview – Essence of Decision – Reviewed by David Hood

Graham Tillett Allison Jr. is an American political scientist and professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He is renowned for his contribution to the bureaucratic analysis of decision making. Philip David Zelikow is an American attorney, diplomat and academic. He is the White Burkett Miller Professor of History at the University of Virginia. Allison published Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile [...]

By |June 7th, 2020|Book review, Leadership|Comments Off on #BookReview – Essence of Decision – Reviewed by David Hood

Let’s Make Grand Strategy Great Again – Michael Sleeman

In April 2019, we argued that ‘every staff paper, speech, and brief that remains buried in network folders represents a lost opportunity to inspire the intellect, stimulate the curiosity, and gain the insight of an increasingly engaged professional military community.’ Today’s post is an example of our attempt to address that problem.   This article [...]

By |May 24th, 2020|Australian Defence Force, Strategy|1 Comment

#BookReview – Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace – David Hood

Edward Luttwak is a political scientist known for his works on grand strategy, military history, and international relations. Moving to the United States (US) in 1972, Luttwak received a Doctorate in International Studies in 1975 and has served as a consultant to the US National Security Council; the US Department of State; and the US Army, Navy, and Air Force. While [...]

By |April 19th, 2020|Book review, Education, History, Review, Strategy|1 Comment

Reinterpreting Douhet: Appreciating the Offensive Character of Cyberwarfare – Douglas Holmshaw

Giulio Douhet’s theory of air power continues to be a topic of debate and controversy nearly a century after he wrote Command of the Air. Though some aspects of that book have been soundly discredited, parts of his theory continue to resonate with modern military theorists, particularly in new ‘domains’ such as cyber. In this [...]

By |April 12th, 2020|Australian Defence Force, Cyber Warfare, Future Warfare|1 Comment

#BookReview – Military StrategyReviewed by David Hood

Rear Admiral Joseph Caldwell (J.C.) Wylie Jr. served the United States Navy from 1928 until 1972. During that period, he was wartime sailor, executive officer, and commander, as well as chief of staff at the Naval War College. However, he is best known for his 1967 book Military Strategy: A General Theory of Power Control, [...]

By |March 29th, 2020|Book review, Strategy|Comments Off on #BookReview – Military StrategyReviewed by David Hood

Planning to Win: Structuring the Force – Part 2 – Gus McLachlan

We welcome Major General Gus McLachlan (Ret’d.) AO, Director of the Sir Richard Williams Foundation, who shares his thoughts in a two-part series on how to best approach force structure to gain a winning advantage. In part one, McLachlan covers how defence forces plan to win using one or more force design approaches: size, platforms, [...]

#5thGenManoeuvre: What is 5th Generation Manoeuvre – Interviews

On 24 October 2019, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation held a seminar examining the requirements of #5thgenmanoeuvre. The aim of the seminar, building on previous seminars and series looking at #jointstrike and #highintensitywar, was to examine the differences and potential gaps in how the Australian Defence Force (ADF) must equip and organise for multi-domain operations. [...]

By |December 15th, 2019|#5thgenmanoeuvre, Australian Army, Australian Defence Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Strategy|Comments Off on #5thGenManoeuvre: What is 5th Generation Manoeuvre – Interviews

#5thGenManoeuvre: Assured Access for the ADF in the Asia Pacific – Brendan Sargeant

On 24 October 2019, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation held a seminar examining the requirements of #5thgenmanoeuvre. The aim of the seminar, building on previous seminars and series looking at #jointstrike and #highintensitywar, was to examine the differences and potential gaps in how the Australian Defence Force (ADF) must equip and organise for multi-domain operations. Professor Brendan Sargeant was one of [...]

By |November 24th, 2019|#5thgenmanoeuvre, Australian Defence Force, Strategy|Comments Off on #5thGenManoeuvre: Assured Access for the ADF in the Asia Pacific – Brendan Sargeant

#selfsustain – National support now – a new narrative for the mobilisation of a nation – Part Two – David Beaumont

David Beaumont, of Logistics in War, returns to the Central Blue with the second of his two posts on the relationship between Defence and the national support base, David examines how these issues were addressed in post-Cold War uncertainty. Other than times of clear national emergency, the Australian population does not perceive national security as [...]

By |June 2nd, 2019|#Selfsustain, Australian Defence Force, Logistics, National Power, Strategy|Comments Off on #selfsustain – National support now – a new narrative for the mobilisation of a nation – Part Two – David Beaumont

#selfsustain – A new narrative for the mobilisation of a nation – Part One – David Beaumont

We welcome David Beaumont, of Logistics in War, back to the Central Blue to continue the #selfsustain series in support of the Williams Foundation’s seminar in Canberra on 11 April 2019. In this first of two posts on how Defence might prepare the national support base for a future war, David examines how these issues [...]

By |May 26th, 2019|#Selfsustain, Australian Defence Force, Capability Development, Strategy|Comments Off on #selfsustain – A new narrative for the mobilisation of a nation – Part One – David Beaumont